Nearly 6,000 residents in four council districts green lit projects from security cameras in public housing in Upper Manhattan to an outdoor performance space in the Rockaways, according to the results of the city’s first-ever participatory budget vote released Wednesday.
Twenty-seven projects will now be placed on the capital budget plan for fiscal year 2013. Participatory budgeting allows residents to submit ideas about which projects they'd like to see funded in their communities and vote on them.
“Our constituents are really practical about what they wanted and what they wanted to see happen,” said District 45 Councilman Jumaane Williams. His Brooklyn district voted for security cameras to be placed throughout the neighborhood, renovation for a community resource center and a so-called e-tech campus for the Beacon Center at PS 269 in East Flatbush.
Other projects included renovations for a school bathroom in Park Slope, security cameras for public housing developments in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx and an outdoor performance space on Shorefront Parkway in Rockaway. Each council member set aside $1 million for the effort. Voting lasted about one week and closed Sunday.
“I think giving the community more of a voice, a direct voice in how their money is spent leads to practical decisions,” Williams said.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn needs to approve the projects before they will move on to the appropriate agencies for implementation.
To see a full list of the projects, click here.